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The Health Benefits of Gratitude And Being Thankful

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Gratitude is a powerful thing and we’re just scratching the surface when it comes to discovering the various mental and physical benefits of gratitude. Let’s look at a few of those to give you an idea of what you can expect if you start to make feeling gratitude a daily focus.

The Mental Benefits Of Gratitude

Practicing gratitude helps your overall mental health because you instantly have a better outlook on life. Don’t be surprised to walk away from your latest gratitude meditation with a big smile on your face. Of course the benefits don’t stop at increased happiness. Feeling more gratitude has been linked to a better self-image, less anxiety and even a reduction of depression. This comes as no surprise to scientists who have recorded increased levels of dopamine and serotonin after intentional gratitude meditations.

A great gratitude meditation to start is the 21 Day Gratitude Meditation available on YouTube. Check it out below.

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The Physical Benefits Of Gratitude

This is where it gets interesting. It’s one thing to feel better emotionally, but the release of these “feel-good” hormones affects your physical body as well. Gratitude reduces stress and with it, you’re sleeping better, your blood pressure lowers, and you have more energy. As a result, you move more, leading to even better overall physical health. Maybe your gratitude exercise motivates you to go out for a walk, getting more oxygen into your body and loading up on Vitamin D. Being able to sleep soundly reduces appetite and less stress helps you make smarter food choices. All these things work hand in hand to turn you into a healthier and stronger version of yourself.

Gratitude is particularly important for heart health. Between the lower blood pressure and reduced stress, you are putting less strain on your heart. The added exercise and sleep strengthen your heart muscle and give this most important organ time to recover and heal overnight. With heart disease one of the leading causes of death in modern society, there’s never been a better time to practice gratitude and let go of stress.

How can you tap into both the mental and physical benefits of gratitude? By feeling more of it. Of course that’s easier said than done. A great place to start is by creating a habit of thinking of at least one person or one thing you are deeply grateful for each morning as soon as you wake up. It sets the tone for the whole day and gets you off to a great start to reap these powerful benefits. Give it a try!

Why not check out our Gratitude Journal…

Printable Gratitude Journal

If you are looking for a way to lessen the impact that life’s ups and downs have on you, our Blush Daily Gratitude Journal can help. It’s perfect for daily use – for writing down whatever you’re thankful for, your favourite inspirational quote or just whatever is on your mind.

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Briony Young

Hi, I am Briony. Mother of 2 human babies and 5 fur babies. I am a Graphic Designer and Entrepreneur. I am the owner of Mumma Young Designs, an online based business selling motivational and digital products.

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